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Do ducks make good pets?


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Nov. 10th, 2009 07:15 pm (UTC)
depends on the duck, but they're mostly pretty ill-tempered things unless very carefully raised.

chickens are better, and also give you more eggs, laying daily instead of every 3 or so days.
Nov. 10th, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
Ask quasigeostrophy. His father used to keep ducks, I believe.
Nov. 10th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
they CAN
it depends on both the breed, and the individual bird. also the younger you start the better
mind you, the poopage cannot be controlled, so you will end up cleaning up a lot.. i have HEARD a rumor that some ducks can learn to TRY to go on a paper.. but i doubt it works well.
Nov. 10th, 2009 08:40 pm (UTC)
I read a fairly amusing memoir called "Enslaved by Ducks" that would lead me to believe that they are not, in fact, great pets.

However, at a high school speech tournament I once heard a country boy tell me that they were awesome companions.
Nov. 10th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
They cannot be housebroken. They shit wherever they are when the mood strikes them. They will eat lots of slugs and bugs in the garden, but I think they also pull up and eat small plants and sprouts. Birds do not emote or show affection in the same way as mammals, so they are harder to relate to than dogs or cats. I think you have to raise them from an egg for them to "imprint" on you, otherwise they really don't relate well.
Nov. 11th, 2009 02:10 am (UTC)
I've known plenty of people who owned ducks, geese and swans, mostly for pets, occasionally for food. In all cases, they were kept on a farm. So generally, as a house pet, I'd say ducks are not a wise choice.
Nov. 11th, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:41 am (UTC)
No... what?
Nov. 11th, 2009 06:36 am (UTC)
my fried gabby had a little white duck as a house pet. they do not shit where they want they shit where they are. it is not a choice in the matter. they like almost all birds do not have the muscles in their cloaca to hold it. these kinds of muscles do not exist in them however they do shit shortly after eating. i think about 15 minutes or less. so if you keep food and water in an area where they can go without fuss then that is less of a worry.

as far as emoting they do indeed do it differently but still it is notable if one knows what to look for. honestly rabbits were more of an enigma to me emotion wise. birds of all types like to preen and groom the ones they love. so they nibbles and play in your hair. they also like to be in physical contact with those they love so much like a dog or cat they kinda cuddle. they like most all living organisms have huge variation in attitudes and personality so it will depend on the bird you get. near hatchlings are usually the best you can get petwise but if you could actually hatch the egg yourself which is not that hard really then they imprint on you and are far more loving that way. also when i was on a farm our duck layed eggs almost every day and was quite the affectionate bird.
Nov. 11th, 2009 06:44 pm (UTC)
Duck eggs are 10 times more delicious than chicken eggs.
Nov. 12th, 2009 01:44 am (UTC)
We had ducks as a kid. If you've got a large safe space for them, with a pond or a river, they're great. But they poop *everywhere* - especially in the water, so you don't want a wading pool or anything.
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